For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact the Charlotte Museum of History at 704-568-1774.
CHARLOTTE HISTORY MUSEUM NAMES TERRI L. WHITE AS ITS NEW PRESIDENT & CEO
June 23, 2022
The Charlotte Museum of History has named Terri L. White as its new president & CEO, effective July 4. White comes to the museum after previous stints in development and operations roles at both the Heinz History Center and the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh and at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum in D.C.
MUSEUM WELCOMES NEW U.S. CITIZENS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
AT PUBLIC NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
Event returns to The Charlotte Museum of History for the first time since 2019
June 22, 2022
The Charlotte Museum of History will once again celebrate Independence Day with a Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens on Monday, July 4, at 11 a.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
CHARLOTTE’S FINAL CHANCE TO SEE GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBIT ABOUT SCHOOLS FOR BLACK CHILDREN IN JIM CROW SOUTH
June 2, 2022
Photography exhibit closes in Charlotte on June 18
Photos from the exhibit will become part of Smithsonian collection
This is Charlotte’s last chance to see an exhibit with photos that are bound for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. “A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America” closes in Charlotte on June 18.
EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN CHARLOTTE AT TWO FREE EVENTS THIS SPRING
May 18, 2022
Join The Charlotte Museum of History for two free events this spring highlighting the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples in the Charlotte region.
First, join the museum on the campus of Davidson College on Saturday, May 28, for a guided walking tour of “Unshadowed Land,” an art installation that reflects on the history of the site as Indigenous land as well as a site of enslavement.
CELEBRATE THE LEGENDARY MECKDEC AT CHARLOTTE’S OLDEST HOME, THE 1774 ALEXANDER ROCK HOUSE
April 28, 2022
Join The Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, May 21, to celebrate Charlotte’s most legendary moment—the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. Some historians say the MeckDec was America’s original declaration of independence.
SEE HISTORY MUSEUM AT NIGHT AND MEET THE CURATOR OF A NEW EXHIBIT ABOUT THE LEGACY OF
4,978 JIM CROW-ERA SCHOOLS FOR BLACK CHILDREN
Apr. 5, 2022
Meet Georgia-based photographer and author Andrew Feiler on Thursday, Apr. 21, during an evening event and book talk at The Charlotte Museum of History. Attendees can explore Feiler’s exhibit and get a signed copy of his book.
LEARN ABOUT ONE OF THE OLDEST CULTURAL TRADITIONS IN CHARLOTTE
Mar. 8, 2022
Enjoy free history museum admission, take a guided tour of Catawba pottery exhibit and watch a special live-streamed event with the Catawba Nation
Take a guided exhibit tour with The Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, March 26, and learn about one of the oldest cultural traditions in the Carolinas, Catawba pottery.
CELEBRATE CHARLOTTE’S AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY
AT FREE MUSEUM FESTIVAL
Feb. 9, 2022
See new photography exhibit about schools for Black children in the segregated South
Get free admission to The Charlotte Museum of History and celebrate Charlotte’s Black history and culture on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the annual African American Heritage Festival, hosted by the history museum.
VISIT THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY FOR FREE AND CELEBRATE
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY
Jan. 24, 2022
Get free admission to The Charlotte Museum of History and celebrate Charlotte’s Black history and culture on Feb. 26 at the annual African American Heritage Festival, hosted by the history museum.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT EXPLORES 20TH CENTURY EFFORT TO PROVIDE QUALITY SCHOOLS FOR BLACK CHILDREN DESPITE SEGREGATION
January 12, 2022
Starting Feb. 5, The Charlotte Museum of History will host a new exhibit that highlights a Jim Crow–era partnership between a Black educator and a Jewish businessman that changed the lives of Black children and families in the American South for generations.
Museum Announces New Chapter Letter
December 7, 2021
Over the last year, your generous support has helped The Charlotte Museum of History
reach more people than ever before, expand our programming and exhibits to tell a fuller
story of Charlotte’s diverse history, and weather a global pandemic.
FREE MUSEUM PROGRAM EXPLORES JONKONNU HOLIDAY
Nov. 18, 2021
African American and Afro-Caribbean celebration was unique to North Carolina, Bermuda and the Caribbean
Join The Charlotte Museum of History on Dec. 9 for a live streamed program to learn about one of North Carolina’s most unique holiday celebrations, Jonkonnu.
TRUIST GIVES $50,000 TO THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY
Nov. 3, 2021
The Charlotte Museum of History announced today that Truist has donated $50,000 to support the museum’s day-to-day operations. Truist made the gift as part of its Executive Leadership Volunteer Day hosted at the museum. Three other local nonprofits also were awarded donations of $50,000 each at the event – AMP UP! Charlotte, ASPIRE Community Capital, and NXT|CLT.
NEW EXHIBIT OF ICONIC CHARLOTTE SIGNS TO DEBUT AT HISTORY MUSEUM’S ANNUAL PARTY
Sept. 8, 2021
Signs from JFG Coffee, The Penguin, Eastland Mall and more featured
The Charlotte Museum of History will debut a new exhibit of Charlotte signs at its annual Charlotte Gem party on Oct. 14. “Charlotte: Signs of Home” tells the story of the Queen City through signage from businesses that helped define the city.
HISTORY MUSEUM RECEIVES $160,000 FROM COUNTY AND CITY FOR SAVE SILOAM SCHOOL PROJECT
Aug. 30, 2021
Mecklenburg County pledges $150,000 over next 10 years
City of Charlotte will give $10,000 from current year budget
Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte together have pledged $160,000 to support the Save Siloam School Project, The Charlotte Museum of History announced today.
CHARLOTTE’S ONLY MIDCENTURY MODERN HOME TOUR RETURNS
Aug. 19, 2021
Tour kicks off with The Mod Experience event at history museum on Sept. 23
Charlotte’s only midcentury modern home tour is back for its tenth year starting Thursday, Sept. 23. For the second year in a row, the tour will be virtual.
MUSEUM INVITES COMMUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT PROJECT TO SAVE HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOL
Aug. 3, 2021
Engagement Session is the First in a Series
The Charlotte Museum of History will host a virtual engagement session for the community on Thursday, August 19, at 5:30 p.m. to share the latest updates on the Save Siloam School Project, a project to save a historic African American school building. A local Black community built the school in rural northeast Charlotte in the early 1920’s to give their children a quality education despite segregation.
TINA ADAMS AND ELOISE HALE JOIN HISTORY MUSEUM BOARD
July 27, 2021
The Charlotte Museum of History today announced that Tina Adams and Eloise Hale have joined its board of trustees. Adams is deputy city auditor for the City of Charlotte, and Hale is head of North American Corporate Communications for Electrolux.
LANGUAGE OF CLAY
July 15, 2021
New Exhibit Features Catawba Nation Pottery and History
The Charlotte Museum of History opens a new exhibit featuring Catawba Nation pottery and related traditions on Saturday, July 31.
On loan from the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center in South Carolina, “The Language of Clay: Catawba Indian Pottery & Oral Traditions” features dozens of clay pottery pieces from the 19th century to the present. The pieces feature motifs from various traditions and legends, including the natural world and human faces. The exhibit also highlights oral histories and stories from the people who preserve these traditions.
FORMER CHARLOTTE MAYOR ANTHONY FOXX SPEAKS AT MUSEUM EVENT
June 28, 2021
Foxx to cover his career and his work fighting racism and advocating for equity
Join The Charlotte Museum of History for a live streamed event with former Charlotte Mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday, July 22. Foxx will discuss his career, issues of equity in transportation and infrastructure and his work combating racism in various roles, including as chair of Davidson College’s Commission on Race and Slavery. Foxx is currently the chief policy officer and senior advisor to the president & CEO at Lyft.
MUSEUM MARKS INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH HISTORY TOURS AND DISCUSSION OF DEMOCRACY
June 17, 2021
Sophia Rosenfeld will discuss her book “Democracy and Truth: A Short History”
in free virtual lecture
The Charlotte Museum of History will mark Independence Day with a free, virtual lecture on July 1 featuring author and professor Sophia Rosenfeld. The museum also will be open on Saturday, July 3, for visitors to explore exhibits and tour the 1774 Alexander Rock House and home site.
FREE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY
May 27, 2021
Celebrate Charlotte’s Black history and culture with the free African American Heritage Festival, hosted by The Charlotte Museum of History, June 8-12.
This year’s festival is a combination of virtual and in-person events. The full schedule of daily events is at charlottemuseum.org/events. Limited tickets for in-person events are free and must be reserved in advance. The 2021 African American Heritage Festival is made possible with support from the Arts & Science Council and Pride Magazine.
HOW TO RESTORE A HISTORIC HOME, SOUP TO NUTS
May 12, 2021
Learn how to preserve a historic home from the Charlotte couple who restored the 1790 Sloan-Porter house
Learn the ins and outs of preserving a historic home from a Charlotte couple who restored one of the city’s oldest houses, largely on their own.
HISTORY MUSEUM COMMEMORATES MECKDEC DAY ONLINE
May 10, 2021
The Charlotte Museum of History will offer two virtual activities to honor Charlotte’s most legendary moment, the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, or MeckDec, on May 20, 1775. Some historians say the MeckDec was America’s original declaration of independence.
CHINESE FOODWAYS: FRIED RICE & FAMILY
April 21, 2021
Museum program explores the history of Chinese food in America and the impacts of the current social and political climate on the cuisine and its makers
Join The Charlotte Museum of History for a live streamed lunch and learn on May 6 exploring the cultural history and significance of Chinese food with Dr. Michelle King, associate professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill. King will discuss the importance of food and family in Chinese culture and how they connect people across national boundaries.
SEE HIDDEN CHARLOTTE ARTIFACTS FROM HISTORY MUSEUM VAULT
April 7, 2021
Join The Charlotte Museum of History’s president & CEO Adria Focht for a live streamed lunch and learn on April 22 to explore artifacts from the museum’s historical archives. Each object has a story to tell about people who have called the Queen City home.
EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S OLDEST HOMESITE ON APRIL 10
April 2, 2021
The Charlotte Museum of History will open its eight-acre grounds on Saturday, April 10, from noon-4 p.m. for visitors to take a self-guided, outdoor tour of Charlotte’s oldest homesite. The museum has offered the Afternoon on the Grounds outdoor experience monthly since September 2020. The modern museum building remains closed until June 12 while the roof is being replaced.
ICONIC CHARLOTTE MUSIC VENUES, PAST AND PRESENT
Mar. 30, 2021
Hear behind-the-scenes stories on history museum’s April Lunch & Learn
In the next installment of its virtual Lunch & Learn series on April 8, The Charlotte Museum of History will host a conversation with some of the people who make Charlotte’s music venues possible, including Penny Craver, Daniel Coston and Shane and Adele Deal.
CHARLOTTE’S ROLE IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
March 8, 2021
Museum’s March Lunch & Learn features history storyteller Tom Phlegar
In the next installment of its virtual Lunch & Learn series on Mar. 18, The Charlotte Museum of History will feature long-time museum volunteer and fan favorite tour guide Tom Phlegar. Phlegar will take listeners on a journey through the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, exploring how the people of the Carolina Backcountry may have won the war.
PROJECT TO SAVE HISTORIC BLACK SCHOOL RAISES $500,000
Feb. 19, 2021
Project now halfway to $1 million goal needed to restore and preserve historic Siloam School
The Charlotte Museum of History announced last night that it has raised $500,000 in cash, pledges and in-kind donations to save the historic Siloam School. The latest gifts bring the project halfway toward its $1 million fundraising goal, which is needed to restore and preserve the historic school building and make it available as a community resource and center for history programs.
EXPLORE HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOL VIRTUALLY AND HELP SAVE THE SILOAM SCHOOL
Jan. 26, 2021
Event made possible with $10,000 donation from Bank of America
The Charlotte Museum of History will host a virtual experience starting Feb. 18 to allow people inside the historic and endangered Siloam School and to help the community learn more about this important historic site. A local African American community built the school in rural northeast Charlotte in the early 1920’s to give their children a quality education despite segregation.
MUSEUM LUNCH & LEARN EXPLORES THE HISTORY
AND SIGNIFICANCE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN RING SHOUT DANCE
Jan. 12, 2021
Event features creators of “Remembrance,” a Ring Shout dance piece filmed at historic Charlotte locations
In the latest installment of its virtual Lunch & Learn series on Thursday, Feb. 4 at noon, The Charlotte Museum of History will feature UNC Charlotte Department of Dance Assistant Professor Tamara Williams and Filmmaker Marlon Morrison, who will share the history of African American Ring Shout dances and the creation of the piece “Remembrance” for UNC Charlotte’s Fall Dance Concert.
CELEBRATE TWELFTH NIGHT THE OLD FASHIONED WAY, AT HOME
Dec. 15, 2020
The Charlotte Museum of History will host a special Twelfth Night edition of its ongoing Lunch & Learn series on Jan. 6 at noon. Learn about the food, music, mischief and merriment that marked the end of the holiday season for early Charlotteans. The Lunch & Learn replaces the museum’s popular Twelfth Night party that usually attracts hundreds of people.
2020 MAD ABOUT MODERN HOME TOUR REISSUED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Nov. 18, 2020
Just in time for the holidays, The Charlotte Museum of History is reissuing its popular 2020 Mad About Modern home tour, featuring the best of midcentury modern architecture and design in the Queen City. The virtual home tour goes on sale today, Nov. 18, and is available for viewing through Mar. 31.
Tickets are $20 and include exclusive access to 360o tours of the featured homes, along with a digital guidebook highlighting the significant modernist features of each home.
DISCOVER THE ILLUMINATING HISTORY OF CHARLOTTE’S SIGNS
Nov. 17, 2020
Free museum event explores Charlotte’s most famous signs, from Ratcliffe’s Flowers to Price’s Chicken Coop, the Jesus Saves sign and many more
In the latest installment of its virtual Lunch & Learn series, The Charlotte Museum of History will host local sign enthusiast, author and native Charlottean Christopher Lawing on Dec. 3 at noon. Lawing will share what Charlotte signs can tell us about our city’s history and why these important parts of our built environment should be preserved. His colorful presentation will be a walk down memory lane for some and an introduction to Charlotte’s unique historic signage for others.
GET TO KNOW THE REAL NATIVE CHARLOTTEANS
Oct. 22, 2020
Virtual Indigenous Peoples Week runs Nov. 9-14
In partnership with the Catawba Indian Nation, The Charlotte Museum of History will host an Indigenous Peoples Week Nov. 9-14. Originally planned as an in-person celebration, organizers adapted the week-long event for a virtual audience. The free, family-friendly events will stream live on the museum’s Facebook and YouTube channels, offering a daily immersion into various aspects of Indigenous culture, including pottery, dance, food and agriculture.
HISTORY MUSEUM OFFERS VIRTUAL TOURS OF CHARLOTTE’S OLDEST HOME
Oct. 15, 2020
360o virtual tours take visitors inside the 1774 Alexander Rock House
Charlotte’s oldest home – the 1774 Alexander Rock House – is now more accessible than ever. The Charlotte Museum of History has created a 360o virtual tour of the Revolutionary-era home, giving visitors insider access to the historic home’s interior, as well as spaces not ordinarily open to the public, including the home’s basement and the nearby springhouse.
PROJECT TO SAVE HISTORIC BLACK SCHOOL GETS BOOST WITH $100,000 GIFT FROM LOWE’S FOUNDATION
Oct. 13, 2020
Latest gift brings campaign closer to restoring and moving the school
Museum also announces next step in project – selecting an architect
Today The Charlotte Museum of History announced that the Save Siloam School Project is another step closer to reality, hitting a major fundraising milestone with a $100,000 gift from the Lowe’s Foundation.
PRESERVING THE PAST FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY
Oct. 8, 2020
Online historic preservation seminars set for Oct. 20 – 22
The Charlotte Museum of History and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will host a virtual preservation seminar series during the lunch hour on Oct. 20, 21 and 22.
HISTORY MUSEUM REOPENS WITH OUTDOOR TOURS
Oct. 5, 2020
Free digital programs continue, including new Indigenous Peoples Week celebration
The Charlotte Museum of History will open its grounds one Saturday per month starting Oct. 24 for self-guided, outdoor tours of Charlotte’s oldest homesite. Guests can bring family or friends, enjoy a picnic and learn about Charlotte history, all for a discounted price of $10 per vehicle. Tickets will be limited to support social distancing.
HISTORY MUSEUM OFFERS AN AFTERNOON ON THE GROUNDS OF CHARLOTTE’S OLDEST HOMESITE ON SEPTEMBER 19
Sept. 8, 2020
The Charlotte Museum of History will open its eight-acre grounds for one day only on Saturday, Sept. 19, for visitors to take a self-guided, outdoor tour of Charlotte’s oldest homesite.
GETTING CHARLOTTE IN A MODERN MOOD
September 2, 2020
Mad About Modern home tour announces new cocktail experience,
free modernism lecture and midmod raffle
Charlotte’s Mad About Modern home tour – virtual for 2020 – today announced three new ways to get in a modern mood – a free modernism lecture, an at-home cocktail experience and a raffle of midmod prizes.
MUSEUM ANNOUNCES PRESERVATION HEROES
August 20, 2020
2020 Charlotte Preservation Awards recognize people and projects that save Queen City history
The Charlotte Museum of History announced winners of the 2020 Charlotte Preservation Awards tonight during a live-streamed ceremony celebrating preservation in and around the Queen City.
CHARLOTTE’S ONLY MID-CENTURY MODERN HOME TOUR GOES ONLINE
Aug. 4, 2020
Includes exclusive lecture with North Carolina modernism expert George Smart
Charlotte’s only mid-century modern home tour is back for its ninth year starting Saturday, Sept. 26, this time as a virtual tour.
PARTY AT HOME FOR PRESERVATION
July 21, 2020
Party Packs on sale now for the 2020 Charlotte Preservation Awards
Special event guest will speak about the restoration of Paris’s Notre-Dame
The Charlotte Museum of History today announced details for its virtual Charlotte Preservation Awards on Aug. 20. Limited tickets are on sale now for Preservation Party Packs that provide dinner and drinks so attendees can party at home and celebrate historic preservation.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERS
June 22, 2020
The Charlotte Museum of History today announced a new chair and vice chair of its board of trustees. Dee Dixon will be chair and Robert Stickler will serve as vice chair, beginning July 1. Tim Gallagher also joined the board of trustees in May.
MUSEUM OFFERS FREE, WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
June 16, 2020
The Charlotte Museum of History will celebrate Independence Day with a week of free digital activities and events starting June 29, including videos featuring the museum’s independence-themed collections, instructions for a make-at-home kid’s craft, and a virtual ringing of the American Freedom Bell.
MUSEUM TO HOST VIRTUAL PRESERVATION AWARDS
May 13, 2020
Awards recognize projects that preserve and protect Charlotte’s architectural legacy
The Charlotte Museum of History will host the 2020 Charlotte Preservation Awards via a digital event on Aug. 20. The awards recognize outstanding preservation projects in the Charlotte region and are designed to encourage more preservation of the area’s historic buildings and streetscapes.
HISTORY GROUPS OFFER DIGITAL CELEBRATIONS TO MARK 245TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MECKDEC
May 8, 2020
Local history groups will offer virtual activities starting on May 18 to honor Charlotte’s most legendary moment, the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, or MeckDec, on May 20, 1775. Some historians say the MeckDec was America’s original declaration of independence.
HISTORY MUSEUM LAUNCHES SPECIAL GIVING CAMPAIGN
April 29, 2020
Campaign made possible with $75,000 challenge grant from local Weatherspoon Family Foundation
The Charlotte Museum of History today announced a matching gifts campaign designed to raise $150,000. The funds would cover a loss of earned income created by the museum’s temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY LAUNCHES “MUSEUM AT HOME”
April 9, 2020
Digital learning opportunities focus on helping Charlotte stay educated, entertained and hopeful
In response to COVID-19 closures and stay-at-home orders, The Charlotte Museum of History has launched a series of free digital learning opportunities to support the community, especially children and families. This comes after the museum announced on March 16 that it would temporarily close its doors in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY CANCELS MAJOR SPRING FUNDRAISER
March 23, 2020
The Charlotte Museum of History announced today that it will cancel its major fundraiser, the Colonial Gem Garden Party, scheduled for April 23. This comes after the museum announced on March 16 that it would temporarily close in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All other museum programs, events and activities also are suspended until further notice.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
March 16, 2020
The Charlotte Museum of History is temporarily closed starting today, March 16, in order to support the health of our visitors, volunteers and staff as our community works to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The museum will be closed until at least March 31, and all museum programs, events and activities are suspended. We will continue to actively monitor this situation as circumstances evolve, and we will follow guidance from local, state and federal authorities about the best ways to promote public health.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY RESPONDS TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK
March 13, 2020
In order to support our community and to protect the well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff, The Charlotte Museum of History is postponing or changing some of our spring programs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF BEER IN THE CAROLINAS AND ENJOY MUSEUM AFTER HOURS
March 10, 2020
The Charlotte Museum of History will host its second “Taste of History” event on April 9. This adults-only program will dive into the history and culture of beer in North Carolina and will give visitors after-hours admission to the museum and its exhibits.
FREE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE AND HISTORY
Jan. 29, 2020
Museum event features musical performances, art activities and history experiences
Celebrate Charlotte’s African American history and culture on Saturday, Feb. 29, at The Charlotte Museum of History from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual African American Heritage Festival is free and made possible with support from Walmart, Wells Fargo, Watch Charlotte, Pride Magazine and a grant from the Arts & Science Council.
MUSEUM EXPLORES THE HISTORY OF ADULT BEVERAGES IN THE CAROLINA BACKCOUNTRY
Jan. 21, 2020
Series begins Feb. 13 with “Outlander”-themed scotch tasting
Did you suffer through boring high school history lectures? A new event series starting this month at The Charlotte Museum of History is anything but dry. Each event will let visitors take a sip of history by exploring the roots of adult beverages.
CAP OFF CHRISTMAS WITH CHARLOTTE’S ONLY TWELFTH NIGHT PARTY
Jan. 1, 2020
Celebrate the last official night of Christmas with a party at Charlotte’s oldest home on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This family-friendly event at The Charlotte Museum of History puts a modern spin on the 18th century’s wildest party of the year. Based on traditional colonial celebrations, Twelfth Night closes out the holiday season with bonfires, hot cider, live music, games and revelry at the site of the historic 1774 Alexander Rock House.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY PROVIDES $125,000 TO SAVE HISTORIC SCHOOL
Dec. 10, 2019
The Charlotte Museum of History and Mecklenburg County today announced $125,000 in county funding to support preservation of the historic Siloam School, a Jim Crow-era schoolhouse for African American children in northeast Charlotte. This funding is in addition to $50,000 the City of Charlotte provided in January 2019, bringing total funding for the project from all sources to $185,000.
GIVE THE GIFT OF YOUR FAMILY STORY
Nov. 22, 2019
Museum offers workshop for kids to create family story books as holiday gifts
Kids can create a one-of-a-kind gift for loved ones this holiday season and learn how to tell their own family’s story at a special workshop at The Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, Dec. 14.
ARCHITECTS HONOR THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY FOR ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE PRESERVATION
November 21, 2019
The American Institute of Architects Charlotte Chapter honored The Charlotte Museum of History with its Laurel Award on Nov. 7 at the AIA Charlotte Annual Awards Gala.
CHARLOTTE “HIDDEN HISTORY” TOURS KICK OFF WITH A VISIT TO HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOLS
Oct. 29, 2019
The Charlotte Museum of History will kick off a new tour series, “Hidden History,” on Saturday, Nov. 9, by giving people a chance to visit some of Mecklenburg County’s historic Rosenwald Schools, which educated African American children during the Jim Crow era.
HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR BRINGS TO LIFE TRUE CRIME STORY OF CHARLOTTE’S ‘DEVIL CHARLIE’
Sept. 24, 2019
On Friday night, Oct. 25, The Charlotte Museum of History will host “Terrors of the Past: Escape from Devil Charlie,” an interactive theatrical performance focused on the 1791 death – and possible murder – of Polly Alexander.
CHARLOTTE’S ONLY MIDCENTURY MODERN HOME TOUR RETURNS FOR EIGHTH YEAR
Sept. 4, 2019
Tour offers insider access to private homes and will feature iconic home during restoration process
Charlotte’s only midcentury modern home tour is back for its eighth year on Saturday, Sept. 28, giving attendees insider access to some of Charlotte’s best midcentury modern style and architecture.
BACKCOUNTRY DAYS FOLK FESTIVAL INVITES YOU TO KICK BACK AND LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC OR KICK UP YOUR HEELS AND JOIN IN
August 27, 2019
Visitors will be the first to see the museum’s latest exhibit, “Furnishing the Backcountry”
The Backcountry Days Folk Festival returns to The Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon-5 p.m.
MUSEUM ANNOUNCES CHARLOTTE PRESERVATION CHAMPIONS
August 23, 2019
2019 Historic Preservation Awards recognize projects that preserve and protect Charlotte’s unique architectural legacy
The Charlotte Museum of History announced winners of its 2019 Historic Preservation Awards tonight at an event celebrating preservation in Mecklenburg County.
Museum to Announce 2019 Charlotte Historic Preservation Award Winners
August 5, 2019
Event Featuring Tom Mayes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Charlotte Museum of History will announce Charlotte’s 2019 Historic Preservation Award Winners at a special event on Aug. 22.
A panel of local architects and preservationists will select five award-winning projects from among 30 nominees.
MUSEUM CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH NEW CITIZENS
June 20, 2019
The Charlotte Museum of History will host a U.S. Oath & Naturalization Ceremony on the Fourth of July
The Charlotte Museum of History will celebrate Independence Day with a U.S. Oath & Naturalization Ceremony for more than a dozen new U.S. citizens on Thursday, July 4, at 11 a.m. The ceremony is free and open to all. After the ceremony, guests are encouraged to attend the Hickory Grove Parade Festival at Aldersgate Retirement Community, which is adjacent to the museum.
LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
May 23, 2019
New Museum Exhibit is Love Letter to Charlotte’s Music Venues
The Charlotte Museum of History will open a new exhibit to honor Charlotte’s live music scene next month, focusing on some of the historic music venues our city has lost in recent years.
CELEBRATE CHARLOTTE’S MECKDEC
May 6, 2019
Local history groups offer brewery events, historical reenactments and family-friendly fun to mark the MeckDec’s 244th anniversary
Join local history groups for three days of events starting May 18 to honor Charlotte’s most legendary moment, the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, or MeckDec, on May 20, 1775. Some historians say the MeckDec was America’s original declaration of independence.
CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY BRINGS BACK THE QUEEN CITY’S HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS
May 6, 2019
Awards recognize renovation and construction projects that preserve and protect our rich architectural history
The Charlotte Museum of History will revive Charlotte’s Historic Preservation Awards to celebrate the preservation of our community’s historic built environment.
CELEBRATE CHARLOTTE’S HISTORY AT THE QUEEN CITY’S OLDEST HOME
April 23, 2019
Author Tommy Tomlinson to Speak about History and Southern Identity.
The Charlotte Museum of History will celebrate the Queen City’s history at its annual Colonial Gem event on Thursday, May 9. The evening raises critical funds for the museum by inviting guests to dine on the lawn of the 1774 Rock House, the city’s oldest home and the only one built before the Revolutionary War that is still standing in Mecklenburg County.
GET DIRTY FOR EARTH DAY AT THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY
April 16, 2019
Become a naturalist for a day and learn how to protect our natural resources
Come celebrate Earth Day at The Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, April 27, and learn about our region’s natural environment and what you can do to protect it.
EVENING CELEBRATES RADICAL COLLEGE NEAR ASHEVILLE THAT TURNED THE AMERICAN ART WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
Mar. 25, 2019
The Charlotte Museum of History and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will host an event on April 18 for fans of all things modern.
MUSEUM CELEBRATES 250 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE WITH FREE FESTIVAL
Feb. 14, 2019
Celebration includes musical performances, art activities and history experiences
Celebrate 250 years of Charlotte’s vibrant African-American history and culture on Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Charlotte Museum of History from 12-4 p.m. The African-American Heritage Festival is free and made possible with support from the Arts & Science Council and Walmart.
CITY OF CHARLOTTE PROVIDES $50,000 TO HELP SAVE HISTORIC SCHOOL
Jan. 31, 2019
The Charlotte Museum of History and the City of Charlotte today announced $50,000 in funding from the city to support the relocation of the historic Siloam School to The Charlotte Museum of History, where it will be restored and preserved as an educational resource and community gathering space.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY ADDS STAFF, ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEES
Dec. 15, 2018
The Charlotte Museum of History today announced the election of new members to its board of trustees, as well as the addition of two new staff members to the museum team.
NOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS TO END?
CELEBRATE A TRADITIONAL TWELFTH NIGHT AT CHARLOTTE’S OLDEST HOME
Dec. 21, 2018
Cap off your holiday season at the historic Alexander House with a free traditional Twelfth Night celebration on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 6-8:30 p.m.
It All STEMS From Here: Free Early Tech Day is Part of Museum’s “Passport to the Queen City” Program
Nov. 18, 2018
The Charlotte Museum of History offers a special program for children and families on Sunday, Nov. 18, to explore early technologies in the Carolina Backcountry.
MAPPING OLD MECKLENBURG
Oct. 30, 2018
Historic Mapping Congress is Part of Charlotte 250 Celebrations
Looking for a unique way to celebrate Charlotte’s 250th birthday? Join the Historic Mapping Congress on Saturday, Nov. 3.
CHARLOTTE’S “ROAD TO REVOLUTION” EXHIBIT CLOSES AFTER TWO-YEAR RUN
November 1, 2018
November 8 is Last Day to See Paintings of Queen City’s Early Life by Charlotte Native Dan Nance. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Museum Celebrates Dia de Los Muertos as Part of Passport to the Queen City Program
October 18, 2018
The Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, with a special program for children and families on Oct. 27.
MUSEUM EVENT CELEBRATES CHARLOTTE’S MILL VILLAGE PAST
Sept. 18, 2018
Free multimedia event features the Charlotte Symphony and The Charlotte Museum of History will present a free performance of Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the museum.
“BACKCOUNTRY DAYS” CELEBRATES CITY’S 250th BIRTHDAY
August 30, 2018
Free museum event serves visitors a slice of life in Colonial Charlotte. Backcountry Days comes back to The Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, Sept. 8, giving visitors a snapshot of the different cultures that called the Carolinas home 250 years ago, when our city was founded.
HISTORIC HOME TOUR MAKES CHARLOTTE MODERN
July 30, 2018
Charlotte’s only midcentury modern home tour comes back for its seventh year on Saturday, Sept. 29. Attendees get insider access to a curated collection of Charlotte’s best midcentury modern style and architecture.
MUSEUM CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH NEW U.S. CITIZENS
June 13, 2018
The Charlotte Museum of History will celebrate Independence Day with a special event on Wednesday, July 4, that combines old-fashioned Fourth of July fun with an U.S. Oath & Naturalization Ceremony for more than 20 new U.S. citizens. The event and ceremony are free and open to all.
MUSEUM OFFERS FREE ADMISSION FOR “CHAMPIONS OF HISTORY” ON JUNE 2
May 30, 2018
The Charlotte Museum of History will celebrate those who support local history and preservation efforts on Saturday, June 2, with its first-ever Champions of History Day. History teachers, members of history organizations and others who champion history will receive free admission to this special event.
CELEBRATE THE QUEEN CITY’s 250th BIRTHDAY AT CHARLOTTE’S OLDEST HOME
May 8, 2018
The Charlotte Museum of History will celebrate the city’s 250th birthday at its annual Colonial Gem event on Thursday, May 17. The evening takes place on the lawn of Charlotte’s oldest home, the Hezekiah Alexander House.
WHERE TO CELEBRATE THE MECKDEC THIS YEAR
May 7, 2018
This year is the city of Charlotte’s 250th birthday, and next week, Charlotte will celebrate one of its most important historic moments – the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, or MeckDec, on May 20, 1775.
TEA TIME, ANYONE?
March 23, 2018
British Teas Are Back, with Sherlock Holmes, Spymasters and More. It’s tea time again at The Charlotte Museum of History. Tickets go on sale this week for the museum’s summer “Teas of the British Isles,” which sell out annually.
CHARLOTTE’S INVISIBLE QUEEN
March 20, 2018
Charlotte is often called the Queen City. You’ll find references to Queen Charlotte all over town, from statues at the airport and in uptown to the name of landmarks like Queens Road. But as the city approaches its 250th birthday, what do we really know about our namesake monarch?
FAMILY FUN DAY CELEBRATES CHARLOTTE’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
February 14, 2018
Come celebrate the history and culture of Charlotte’s vibrant African-American community from the colonial period to the present on Saturday, Feb. 24, at The Charlotte Museum of History’s Family Fun Day, from 12-4 p.m. The event is free and made possible in part by a grant from Walmart.
CELEBRATE A HISTORIC HOLIDAY AT CHARLOTTE’S OLDEST HOME, THE HEZEKIAH ALEXANDER HOUSE
December 6, 2017
Looking for something new to do with family and friends this holiday season?
Join The Charlotte Museum of History for Historic Holidays at the Hezekiah House, taking place daily at Charlotte’s oldest home through Jan. 6.
Meet our New CEO
The Charlotte Museum of History has named Adria Focht as its new president & CEO, effective Nov. 27.
Focht comes to the museum from the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, where she was director & curator.
RESIST & PERSIST: THE STORY OF THE QUEEN CITY
November 4, 2017
Spoken-word poets join together at The Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday, Nov. 4, to tell the story of the Queen City as never heard before – a history of “resisting and persisting.”
We welcome Emmy-winning spoken-word poet Bluz (Boris Rogers) and other local spoken-word poets to tell Charlotte’s story of revolt, accompanied by Kojo Bey and Drums4Life.
SEGREGATION AND RE-SEGREGRATION OF CHARLOTTE’S SCHOOLS
October 30, 2017
During the Jim Crow era, Mecklenburg County had more Rosenwald schools for African-American children than any other county in America. Today, Charlotte schools are re-segregating. What can we learn from the experiences of students who attended Mecklenburg’s Rosenwald Schools? Can their observations help us address 21st-century school re-segregation? On Oct. 30, The Charlotte Museum of History hosts a special fundraising dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Rosenwald School Fund.
WWI SYMPOSIUM EXAMINES FORGOTTEN AND OVERLOOKED ASPECTS OF NORTH CAROLINA’S ROLE IN THE GREAT WAR, 100 YEARS LATER
November 12 2017
How much do you know about North Carolina’s role in World War I? Can you detail the contributions of African American soldiers? Have you heard of the German internment camp built in the mountains of North Carolina? Join us for “Exploring North Carolina’s Role in the Great War: 100 Years On,” a symposium to discuss the forgotten, overlooked and untold stories of North Carolina’s WWI history.
HOME TOUR CELEBRATES CHARLOTTE’S MIDCENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Tour includes city’s first-ever Mod Designer Showcase Home
August 16, 2017
Charlotte’s only midcentury modern home tour, Mad About Modern, returns for its sixth year on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10-4 p.m. The tour, presented by The Charlotte Museum of History, takes visitors inside seven of the city’s best examples of midcentury modern design. New features on this year’s tour include a designer showcase home and a VIP Mod Party that is open to the public.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
July 31 2017
The Charlotte Museum of History today announced the election of new officers and new members to its Board of Trustees.
Carrie Frye, Stewart McQueen, William Nolan and Michael Pressman joined the board in July. Carrie Frye is owner and chief designer of Carrie Frye Interior Design; Stewart McQueen is partner at Dechert LLP in its structured finance and securitization group; William Nolan is senior managing director at FTI Consulting; and Michael Pressman is associate general counsel and senior vice president at Bank of America.
LISA GRAY JOINS MUSEUM AS INTERIM DIRECTOR
June 14, 2017
Lisa V. Gray has more than 25 years’ experience in non-profit management. She has been an independent consultant since 2007, providing marketing, fundraising, and business development strategies to nonprofits throughout the Charlotte region.
KAY PENINGER LEAVING MUSEUM
June 13, 2017
Today, we write a new chapter in the story of the Museum itself, as our President & CEO Kay Peninger announces she is leaving to accept a new position as Director of Museum Education at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Kay has been a transformational leader for The Charlotte Museum of History, expanding our programming and bringing our educational offerings to a broader and more diverse audience.
PENINGER LEAVING AS CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY CEO AFTER LEADING ITS COMEBACK
June 13, 2017
Kay Peninger, who is credited with the comeback of Charlotte Museum of History after it was hit hard by the recession, is leaving for a job at the Museum of the Bible that opens in the fall in Washington. She’ll serve as director of museum education for the Museum of the Bible, which is led by Tony Zeiss, the longtime leader of Central Piedmont Community College.
THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND THE SILVER STAR COMMUNITY LEAD EFFORT TO SAVE HISTORIC SILOAM SCHOOL
March 13, 2017
$600,000 plan would restore and preserve historic school building and create exhibit on the history of African Americans in the Charlotte Region.
The Charlotte Museum of History announced today it will lead a community effort to restore the historic Siloam School in northeast Charlotte and return it to its original purpose as an educational resource and community gathering space. The school was one of thousands built throughout the South in the early 1900s to educate African Americans. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is endangered due to its current state of disrepair.
CHARLOTTE’S “ROAD TO REVOLUTION”
Sept. 20, 2016
Chronicled in new exhibition of paintings by Queen City Native Dan Nance
Charlotte native Dan Nance has been quietly painting scenes of American history for more than two decades. His paintings hang in national parks and heritage sites and in the private collections of Charlotte notables such as business men Cameron Harris and Allen Tate, The Charlotte Chamber’s Bob Morgan, CPCC’s Dr. Tony Zeiss and Eric Poole.
CHARLOTTE GETS MORE MODERN
August 11, 2016
WITH THE 2016 MAD ABOUT MODERN HOME TOUR
Fans of Dwell magazine and HBO’s Mad Men can get their modern fix when Charlotte’s only mid-century modern home tour comes back to town on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10-4 p.m. This one-day, self-guided tour gets visitors inside some of the best examples of mid-century modern style and architecture in Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES 241 YEARS OF VISIONARY HISTORY
May 19, 2016
Events honor the 241st anniversary of the signing of America’s First Declaration of Independence, the MeckDec
This weekend, Charlotte will celebrate the 241st anniversary of the signing of America’s original declaration of independence, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (MeckDec). Local groups are offering a series of events throughout the weekend – many of them free – to mark the occasion.
TOUR CHARLOTTE’S BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS THIS SPRING
April 4, 2016
The Charlotte Museum of History Invites the Public to a Series of Free Walking Tours Featuring Historic Charlotte Neighborhoods
This spring, The Charlotte Museum of History is offering a series of free neighborhood walking tours in historic areas of the city, including Elizabeth and NoDa.
CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND HISTORIC CHARLOTTE JOIN FORCES
January 7, 2016
Group will focus on preserving Charlotte’s stories and historic places as a community asset
The Charlotte Museum of History Inc. and Historic Charlotte Inc. today announced that Historic Charlotte would become part of the Charlotte Museum of History. The combined organization will focus on educational programming and historic preservation efforts that will enhance Charlotte’s quality of life and help drive economic growth for the region.
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